Birmingham Southern College

900 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, AL 35254
Tel: (205)226-4600
Public | 1,231 students
Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. For 10 straight years, Birmingham-Southern has been ranked among the top National Liberal Arts Colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In 1987, the magazine ranked the college as the No. 1 Regional Liberal Arts College in the South Region.

School Overview:

Birmingham Southern College
CountyJefferson County, AL
Title IV EligibleYes
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate (Liberal Arts) Colleges I
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrs
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
98 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,231 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,208 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
23 students137 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted65%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)500-610450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)510-610460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)490-580440-570
ACT English (25-75%)23-3119-25
ACT Math (25-75%)23-2718-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)23-2920-25

School Notes:

  • Birmingham-Southern College is the result of a merger of Southern University, founded in Greensboro, Ala., in 1856, with Birmingham College, opened in 1898 in Birmingham, Ala. These two institutions were consolidated on May 30, 1918, under the name of Birmingham-Southern College.
  • College Campus covers 192 wooded acres, three miles west of downtown Birmingham. The college has 45 academic, residential, administrative, and athletic buildings/facilities, including 25 new facilities/structures, additions, or renovations completed since 1976. New facilities since 1998 include a campus center, fitness center, 100,000 square-foot science center, and a new Fraternity Row. Lab facilities include: seven residence hall computer labs, nine computer classroom labs, five small departmental labs plus computers in essentially all science labs. There are 46 classrooms with ceiling mounted computer/video projectors and computers. A fractional DS3 line provides Internet access to all members of the college community.
  • Degree Programs offered includes Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Arts in Public and Private Management, Master of Music.
  • Birmingham-Southern College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. In addition, the college is on the list of institutions approved by the following organizations: Alabama State Department of Education, American Chemical Society, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and University Senate of the United Methodist Church.

Nearby Schools:

Miles College
4.1 mi. away
Talladega College
42.9 mi. away
Stillman College
47.5 mi. away

View all schools in: Alabama, Jefferson , Birmingham, Zip 35254

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